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The Trickster in African and African-American Folktales integrates systematic, skills-based writing instruction with thematically unified content to provide teachers with an immediately usuable curriculum. This book uses content from the Language-Arts frameworks to help students improve their writing skills at the paragraph, multi-paragraph and essay levels. The Trickster includes: instruction in compound sentences, topic sentences, notetaking and summarizing, using graphic organizers, writing templates, and proofreading checklists; folktales and short, informational essays about folktales; and all the content and materials necessary to teach the unit.
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Janet Parady holds an M.Ed. in Special Education, is the Head of the Language Arts Department at Landmark School's High School, and is the author of several writing curriculums, including the Landmark Tutorial Training Manual. Since 1984, Janet has been a Landmark tutor, teacher, and academic case manager. She presents seminars throughout the country to educators and parents on effective methods for teaching writing and related language arts skills to students at all levels. Janet has also served as a writing instructor at Simmons College in Boston, MA.
Margo White is a language arts teacher who has worked at Landmark School and in public schools. Margo holds a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in Special Education. Margo has authored many writing units that include skill specific graphic organizers and writing templates. In addition, Margo has presented at numerous educational seminars and parent workshops on the topic of teaching expository writing.
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